Sheffield Wednesday plan major changes for Championship climax

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal plans to make numerous changes ahead of Sunday’s final game of the Championship season against Fulham.

With both clubs already assured of a place in the end-of-season play-offs, Carvalhal plans to shake-up his team and rest key players.

Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes.

Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes.

That could mean a recall for midfield duo Sam Hutchinson (calf) and David Jones (sickness), as the head coach looks to rotate his fully-fit squad.

Jose Semedo, Vincent Sasso, Joe Wildsmith, Callum McManaman, Fernando Forestieri, Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall could all come into the reckoning for a team who are on the back of a six-match winning streak.

“We expect Sam Hutchinson to recover, all the players are involved, and this makes us stronger,” said Carvalhal.

“A lot of players didn’t play part of the season, so our team is very fresh and healthy.

“The play-offs start at zero - so it doesn’t matter what we did - but it’s important the we finish the season, strong, healthy and winning. All the players are ready.”

Former Chelsea player Hutchinson is back in training, but has not played for a month. His involvement ahead of the play-offs - which start next weekend - would a major boost for Wednesday,

“I don’t know if Sam will play. He is training,” said Carvalhal. “With the injury he has, we never know if it will be a problem the next day.

“So far, he trained Thursday and the reaction is good. He will train today (Friday), and if again the reaction is okay, he will play Sunday. He is an important player for us.

“David (Jones) is ok. He was sick but has started training this week, so could be involved.

“Ross Wallace is ok, but we will protect him - and other players - on Sunday, and give a chance to other players.”